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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 02:25 AM   31
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I had an epidural and a spinal block (as I had to go to theatre for retained placenta and epidural wasn't strong enough for it as it had just been a top-up one). I didn't have any back pain after until about nine days later - I then had a really bad back for about five weeks but I really think this was due to the trauma of having the consultant try twice to remove the retained placenta before they finally took me to theatre (also traumatic for body, but at least I couldn't feel the pain!). With my back, it did get better of its own accord but I saw the doctor and she said the worst thing I could do would be to rest it and to keep moving around and stuff. She gave me diclofenac which I believe is an NSAID (non-steroidal inflammatory) - I was breastfeeding but this is the same as what they gave me straight afterwards and Eleanor didn't suffer any ill-effects as far as I know. Hope you feel better very soon - I found having a really painful back and being up half the night really depressing (the latter wouldn't have been as bad if I hadn't been in so much pain!).

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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 02:29 AM   32
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I have back pain, but I did for many years before DS was born and now I have a 10kg baby to carry around! The epidural had nothing to do with it.

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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 03:20 AM   33
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I have a sore back all the time now, but i blame it on my babies being so big! My belly was weighing me down when i was pregnant with emily and my back ached terribly, it didnt get much better afterwards but i dont blame the epidural at all xx

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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 04:00 AM   34
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I have a bad back now from the epidural, right at the top of my bum, if I sit wrong I can still feel it, I had a failed epi and had to get two, I have a friend who suffers the same and her little boy is 2 now.

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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 04:10 AM   35
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It's extremely rare for an epidural itself to cause back pain. Pain from the epidural is usually nerve damage, and it's very unlikely that you, your mum and your cousin all have nerve damage from an epidural.

Pregnancy puts your body through a huge series of changes so you can carry the baby, and then suddenly the baby disappears, and your body has to go back to normal.

It's often difficult especially when you are carrying a LO around all the time.

I had two epidurals (I accidentally pulled the line out of the first one) and no back pain. I did have pelvic pain for a while, but funnily enough it disappeared when I went back to ballet (which is great for posture).

I'd ask for physio or go to see an osteopath, it's likely that your just a little out of alignment after the birth. Yoga/pilates are also supposed to help.


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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 04:27 AM   36
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I had severe back pain after my first baby.I didn't have an epidural but I did labour on my back. I totally blame that. It was such a stupid idea to labour laid on my back!!!

Second time, no back pain after and I had a water birth on all fours

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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 04:48 AM   37
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Again I had an epi and didn't have any lasting effects....I know lots of Mum's who have had epi's and don't personally know of any with any lasting issues. I do need to sort out my posture too when bf or I may start to get backache, especially as I have a co-sleeping cot. LO has a tendency to nurse for half hour and use my boob as a pacifier if we nurse laying facing eachother. With me sitting up supporting her she chomps quickly and is done in 10 mins so in middle of night this is favourable!

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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 05:29 AM   38
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I think the back pains your experiencing could just be cause you gave birth not long ago, I had horrendous back pains after I gave birth and bending to change LO, pick him up or breast feed just made things worse, I did have the epidural though and my labour was quite a long one too but the pains definitely went away and now 14 months on I have no problems with my back

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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 05:32 AM   39
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I had back pain after Logan was born and still suffer with it from time to time...
For a couple of months after labour it was just in one place, just to the left of my spine....
I didnt have an epidural to blame it on, but if i had of had one then maybe i would've blamed it?

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Old Mar 18th, 2013, 06:01 AM   40
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I had an epidural, mine went wrong on the way in and didn't work on one half of my body and I still had no back pain other than the day to day lifting and leaning aches that come with having babies lol. I'd definitely speak to a doctor, I doubt that it's a result of having an epidural x

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